Wednesday, May 25, 2011

coupon frustration

Does anyone else watch that show Extreme Couponers? Let me just say...all it does is frustrate me. First off, why does one family NEED ten billion tubes of can't possibly use these in your lifetime, so why keep it. Why do you have to have 50 bottles of lysol cleaner when one bottle lasts you forever and a day in the first place (some of my cleaners have lasted well over a year...)? Never the less, I do understand the need to budget cut, to save money, to live more frugally. With a little one on the way I am more and more aware of the amount of money we spend and the fact that this December financial situation will change.

I have used coupons, and believe in using them if they give you a deal, however I have a few fundamental issues with couponing and extreme couponers. Before I start, let me say that I fully intend on  using every single diaper/formula/babyfood/etc coupon that I can get my little hands on in the near future!

1. Coupons are for brand items. And 9 times out of 10 the generic is cheaper than the coupon/brand price.

2. Half the products in the coupon ads, I never use. For example: I don't need or use twenty different make up brands, frozen foods, or cat food. Those ads do me no good because they are products I don't use. SO- my question is for those of you who coupon, are you buying things you don't really need just because you have to use that coupon?

3. I live in the country. The ONLY grocery store is Food Lion. They don't double coupon, triple coupon, or any other fancy coupon-using technique. I have to drive 30 minutes to Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Harris Teeter, Lowes, the gas money/stress/traffic/entire day trip kind of puts a damper on my personal ability to successfully coupon and get all those deals. Does anyone else live in the boonies and have this issue?

4. I do have an ALDI twenty minutes away, they do not accept coupons as they already sell discounted items, I can go there and spend 100.00, with no coupons, probably come out farther ahead had I made that previously mentioned 30 minute trip to all the other locations to save money.

5. Spending half a day researching, organzing, cutting, clipping, and internet browsing for coupons completely gives me a headache...and I go back to number 1: Most of the products are things I would never buy in the first place.

Maybe part of my issue is that I believe in shopping the perimeter of a grocery store. You know, the concept that things on the outside are fresh, not frozen, healthier, and non processed most of the time. They are also perishable most of the time, and also are never accompanied by a coupon. (For instance...there are no coupons for fruit, vegetables, or simply have to catch them on a BOGO or sale day.)

So...what are your thoughts? Does anyone else get as frustrated with the couponing process as I do? Does anyone else think its not always what its cracked up to be? How do you cut your grocery bill?

happy money saving. :)

1 comment:

  1. I am fascinated by Extreme Couponing only because it is so amazing. I would love to buy $1000 worth of groceries for $5 but I wouldn't want to eat all that frozen food that they all seem to buy. And just because the 82 candy bars are free doesn't mean you should get them. I never see any of them putting fresh fruit and veggies in their carts. And who wants to work 40 hours a week organizing all that information? Ugh! I am with you and I live in Denver with a major grocery store on every corner and I still won't go through all that trouble.

    I do admire the few that get all the items like toothpaste and deodorant for care packages for the troops. But other than that I think it's just organized hoarding...another show I am fascinated by, Extreme Hoarding.

    By the way...aren't beagles the cutest? I have a 14 year old names Bailey.


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